THE CANNABIS TERPENE - FENCHOL
Fenchol is not one of the more well-known terpenes but it has a very fragrant smell of pine, lemon, and camphor. Basil takes its smell from Fenchol. Fenchol is a secondary terpene in cannabis plants and is a favorite of the perfume industry, as are many terpenes that are commonly found in cannabis. Many of these terpenes are also found in other plant species around the globe.
A LITTLE ABOUT FENCHOL
Fenchol, like many other terpenes, is an antimicrobial agent as well as an antifungal. Since so many antibiotics are no longer as useful as they used to be, thanks to certain viruses and bacteria that are now resistant to them, scientists are eager to learn more about terpenes like Fenchol to see if it may be more beneficial. The entourage effect of terpenes used together, or with cannabinoids present in marijuana, is under study as well.
Fenchol is also rich in antioxidants which are suspected to aid in fending off cancer, as well as boosting the immune system to keep you feeling healthy and fight illnesses, like the common cold. When your immune system is at peak performance, you’ll find that you don’t catch colds as easily – and when you do, they don’t hang around as long.
Fenchol in cannabis is not found in high percentages. It is related to Borneol, neither of which acts as a sedative in your system. Neither Fenchol nor Borneol make you sleepy as some terpenes and cannabinoids do. They both have a sweet, earthy, herbalist sort of aroma and have an effect of waking you up, but do not act as stimulants.
THE FUTURE OF TERPENE RESEARCH
There are over 200 known terpenes in cannabis and we are likely to learn of more as science researches it more. For many years, it was impossible to perform much research on marijuana and hemp because of the legalities involved. Now that many states have mandated that it be allowed for medical use, research has been on fire.
Scientists are studying so many different avenues for healing and remedies regarding the use of medical marijuana and cannabis as a whole that the list is mind-blowing. There is no doubt that more uses for terpenes will be discovered as research continues.